2013 Masters Golf Picks- Locks, Semi-Fliers, Sleepers and Of Course, The Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD Play of the Week

Not that any of you would have any interest in joining some sort of office Masters pool or a little pool-age on the side with some of your buddies (no way, no how!), but just in case you garner a wee bit of interest in what’s transpiring in Augusta this week I suppose I’ll throw out a few Masters Pool picks.  Ah yes, the Masters is here.  Wait, let’s repeat that for effect- IT’S MASTERS WEEK!

The Masters truly is a tradition unlike any other.  Augusta National is as verdant green as green gets, CBS’ tv coverage is as crystal clear as HD gets and Pat Summerall’s iconic voice introducing each broadcast is as goosebump-y as sports on television gets.  Oh yeah, and let’s not forget about the Masters music!  Yep, straight up not ashamed to admit that I’ll be humming this David Loggins tune all week.  It’s soothing, calming, relaxing, green, awesome and just plain pure.

In addition to the below picks, be sure to check out our 2013 Masters Betting Odds post, where we delve into our 8 unit super pack of Masters awesomeness for the week.

And now, without further ado, onto some green jacket-y picks:

LOCKS:

Phil Mickelson– 14 career top 10s at Augusta including 3 green jackets.  Short game wizardry and overall course management at Augusta superior to any player in the field this week.  Phil LIVES for this tournament and absolutely will be right in contention on Sunday.

Justin Rose– Incredibly solid ball striker, will be giving himself chances all week. If putter gets hot, he wins. If not, he still finishes in the top 10.  T-8th here last year, t-11th the year before.  A must pick this week.

Adam Scott– A seemingly quiet start to the year thus far for the Aussie shouldn’t have you omitting him from your pool this week. T-3rd at Doral in March plus t-8th and t-2nd here the last two years, don’t forget the curly cue Aussie on your roster this week.

Matt Kuchar– Another player who got a little quiet at the RIGHT time this year. Was blazing hot to start the year with his WGC-Match Play victory, but cooled ever so slightly the past couple events just enough to the point where hopefully others in your pool forget about him. T-3rd here last year and he loves Augusta (went to college at GA Tech). Kooch needs to be on your roster this week.

Other solid picks I’d recommend this week: Jim Furyk, Ian Poulter, Keegan Bradley, Louis Oosthuizen

SEMI-FLIERS:

Henrik Stenson– All that this quirky goofball Swede has done lately is finish t-2nd at the Shell Houston Open two weeks ago and t-8th the week before at Bay Hill.  Was an incredible 6 under thru 10 at last year’s Masters before a snowman quad on 18 gave him a first round 71. A player with supreme talent like Henrik who comes in hot along with Augusta experience?  Yes, please.

K.J. Choi– The stoic South Korean was seemingly in hiding until his solo 6th last week at the Valero Texas Open.  Despite an MC last year, was t-8th at Augusta in ’11, t-4th in ’10 and solo 3rd in ’04.  Nothing electric, just blandly steady.  Won’t be picked by many this week = great sleeper potential for you.

Bill Haas– How a 4-time winner on the PGA Tour, #29 in the world and guy with 5 top 10s this season (yes FIVE already) can come in so consistently under the radar is beyond me.  Maybe it’s his quiet personality, maybe that he loves khakis, who knows.  But really, who cares.  He’s way too steady to not have in your picks this week.

HOSEL-ROCKETS:

Rory McIlroy– Yep, he finished solo 2nd at the Valero last week so his game suddenly is totally back and he’ll be contending this week, right?  For all these reasons I listed here, oh so wrong.  Stay away from Rory this week.

Brandt Snedeker– I love me some Brandt, and nobody started off this season hotter than Brandt Sneeeeeeeeeeedeker (like on that hilarious MasterCard commercial).  But, that rib injury shook him up and he hasn’t been the same since.  Driving it crooked, particularly hard and left like he’s been doing, will kill you at Augusta.  Unfortunately it’s going to be a rough week for Sneds.

Martin Kaymer– Can’t hit a draw to save his life.  ‘Nuff said.  Stay away from Martin this week.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK

Richard Sterne- As bold as bold gets.  Never heard of him?  Didn’t know he had an “e” on the end of his name?  No clue where he’s from?  No matter.  Watch out for this South African this week.  Heck, take my Driver-off-the-Deck bold advice and have him in your pool this week and just thank me later.

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Joel Harrington

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